Digital Humanities Incubators I: Race, Space, and Place
AADHum’s Digital Humanities Incubators (DHI) offer participants hands-on experience in envisioning and engaging new digital projects—whether they participate in individual modules or the entire sequence. Through interactive workshops, small tutorials, and individual consultations, we build on the successful DHI model developed by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) for fostering interdisciplinary work involving digital methods. No previous digital training is required for these hands-on workshops!
Throughout our first sequence, Race, Space, and Place, we explore themes of African American labor, migration, and artistic expression. The Spring 2017 sequence includes four sessions:
Surveying the Terrain
Monday, February 6 or Thursday, February 9
Surveying the Terrain probes the analytical, conceptual, and ethical considerations of envisioning African American experience through the digital. Collaborating on shared interests, participants explore methods of translating the multiplicity of meaning-making, positionality, and uncertainty around time and space inherent in African American research within computational constraints.
Meaning and Mapping
Monday, March 6 or Thursday, March 9
Meaning and Mapping introduces the practical components of map-making by examining mapping as a means of investigation imbued with issues of representation and power. Using a suite of spatial tools, participants gain repertoires of techniques and technologies in geospatial information systems (GIS), spatial humanities, and deep mapping.
Time and Narrative
Monday, April 3 or Thursday, April 6
Time and Narrative examines how integrating narrative with mapping can help reveal particularities of how blackness shapes the experience of space and place across time. Introducing techniques to weave narrative features through digital platforms, the session provides tools for representing interconnections between communities, narratives and archival materials in accessible ways.
Monday, May 1 or Thursday, May 4
Representing Movement introduces GIS that support simulations of travel, movement, and migration. Participants work on coupling maps and network models to represent conceptualizations of proximity and distance, imagined and real boundaries, and shared experiences across multiple places.